THE “HELPING HAND.” As we maneuver through the maze of career building; very often, we are the recipient of “a helping hand.” Too often, though, we don’t even realize the INFLUENCE that the “helping hand” had on us, and our career. We take that “help” for granted, not realizing that it was INTENTIONAL on the part of the person extending it.
That “helpful person,” is likely HELPING everyone throughout the system. He/she is always there, day after day, doing their best to make the road “smooth” for those around them. It could be the “big boss,” or a line supervisor, a shift foreman, or your desk partner. Or, even (heaven forbid) you spouse…. Or maybe your best friend, or clergyman.
These are people in “your life” who help you, and others, without asking for, without seeking credit, or reward for their “gift” of their time, their patience, and the sharing of their skills, and wherewithal… and their LOVE for their neighbor. And, almost always, we take them for granted. We think we “did it on our own.”
Let’s explore some of the possibilities as to, who and how, we have those “help-mates.” First… the big boss. What did we get from him? Well, for starters…. A job. An opportunity. The occasional and casual word of encouragement… and the paycheck.
The line supervisor; well sure, he gets paid to “teach you,” but he doesn’t get paid EXTRA to “hold your hand,” and guide you through each nuance of the job, and maybe staying past his time to leave to give you extra help… that you probably took for granted. And, pretty much, ditto, for the shift foreman… who “over-looks” all the SCREW-UPS that you’ve made, covering for you, and showing you again, and again, how to do something relatively SIMPLE. And the guy you share office space with, who “painstakingly” shows you the ropes, to keep you from failing… probably NEVER being approximately thanked.
And then, there the “hidden types of help,” from your spouse, who has SACRIFICED her career… for yours. Again, taken for granted. And, likely will NEVER have her opportunity again. Then you have your best friend, who has to listen to you “belly-ache” about all that is going wrong in your life, who is always “propping you up,” so that you don’t fall flat, or fail. And the “preacher” who just seems to have “just what you needed to hear,” who you think is not listening to you…. But is “hanging on your every call for HELP.”
Maybe, as in most cases, we are not able, not aware, or don’t care…. How we “give thanks” to and for these “silent helpers,” we could REPAY THEM, by “being there” for the next guy. We could, one day, hopefully; be the “silent helper,” ourselves…. The un-sung hero, the caring friend, or supervisor, and maybe even…. The BIG BOSS. Hopefully we will remember “those helpers,” who made us who we are.
For Romans 14:6-8 tells us – He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.…
There is “always” that next fellow on the “road to success,” who NEEDS that “special helping hand,” and that is when it’s PAY-BACK-TIME. We will always have an “opportunity” to help the other guy….. Look for it…. And you will find it (him/her). …..Blessings…cjlb……5/30/15.
Remember: It doesn’t take WEALTH to be a “helping hand”…..just a “caring-heart.” …..Blessings…cjlb……5/30/15.
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